The Colorado Health Facilities Referendum, also known as Referendum B, was on the November 5, 2002 ballot in Colorado as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have allowed local governments, such as special districts, counties, and cities, to jointly own health care services or facilities with private companies or individuals.
| Colorado Referendum B (2002)|
|Yes|| 510,209|| 40.76%|
Election results via: Colorado Secretary of State (P.144-155)
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
|| An amendment to section 2 of article XI of the constitution of the state of Colorado, concerning the authorization for local governments to become a partner with a public or private entity in the provision of health care services, and, in connection therewith, authorizing a local government to become a subscriber, member, or shareholder in or a joint owner with any person or company, public or private, in order to provide such health care without incurring debt.
The following background information was provided in the state Blue Book Analysis of Referendum B:
Local government health care services are provided primarily through county and special district hospitals and local health departments. Hospitals operated by local governments provide a range of health care services that are determined by a hospital board and applicable laws. The hospital board is either appointed by county commissioners or elected by the voters. Health departments carry out health programs and control disease. The proposal applies to these services and any other health care services provided by a local government.
In providing health care services, local governments can contract with each other or with private companies or individuals. Local governments can also jointly own health care services or facilities with other government bodies. However, local government health care services and facilities currently cannot be provided through joint ownership or partnership with private companies or individuals. If adopted, this proposal would be the second exemption to the constitutional prohibition on partnerships between local governments and private companies. The constitution currently allows partnerships to provide municipal utility services.